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Virginia rapper D.R.A.M. shares his family values in nostalgic new clip.
Looking at Virginia-based musician D.R.A.M. (pronounced drahm), you might think he's your typical trap rap hoodlum rat - but the artist is actually a great songwriter, whose work will catch you off guard. If you're a fan of off-kilter rap/R & B styles, such as that of ILoveMakonnen, you'll find lots to love about D.R.A.M. Like Makonnen, D.R.A.M. has a vocal style that shifts between singing and rapping, always retaining a smooth sense of melody. His most well-known track so far is Cha Cha, that witnesses D.R.A.M. singing and rapping over a Super Mario Bros sample and an infectious, Latin-inspired beat. Recently, there's been talk flying around the internet that Drake jacked this track for Hotline Bling - although D.R.A.M. says he's cool with it.
There's always good vibes floating around when it comes to D.R.A.M. - as is the case with a video he just released for his track Get Money, featuring jazz musician Donnie Trumpet of Chance The Rapper / The Social Experiment fame. The video draws on a bunch of home video footage (provided by the artists' mum) of the rapper's childhoodin Hampton: as a baby with a mic, as a teenager singing with his congregation in church, before showing us modern day D.R.A.M. - a devoted son and father, and a hard-working musician working on new rhymes.
It suits the lyrics and tone of the track - where he puts himself forth as an artist determined to give back to his city - a nice, nostalgic reflection on how he 'started from the bottom' if you will. Watch below.
The track comes off D.R.A.M.'s Gahdamn EP, a follow up to his debut project #1EPICSUMMER. The EP is out this Friday via Atlantic (check the cover art below) and features several other tracks with Donnie Trumpet and his band, including a re-worked version of Caretaker, with FKA-Twigs-esque R & B singer SZA. Listen to that below too - you'll be feeling us on that whole 'catch you off guard' thing.
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